Huun-Huur-Tu

Repubblica di Tuva , Russia

La musica siberiana di Tuva prevalentemente cantata e unica al mondo: il canto diplofonico, ossia, cantare con due voci. Emettere contemporaniamente due suoni quasi impossibile salvo rarissime eccezioni, ma non per i tuvani. Per loro naturale in quanto fa parte del loro bagaglio culturale. Immaginate due o a volte anche tre voci emesse da un unica laringe: la bocca completamente aperta e la lingua ruota dall'alto del palato disegnando due emissioni sonore, una per il bordone, l'altra per l'armonia.

La musica dei Huun Huur Tu autentica, preservata in quell'angolo dell'Asia sotto

la grande federazione russa rimasta inalterarta nei secoli proprio grazie alla posizione geografica della Republica di Tuva fra la taiga siberiana, il deserto del Gobi e i monti dell'Altai.

Per i Tuvani il canto non altro che l'imitazione dei suoni della natura e nei concerti dei Huun Huur Tu si possono ascoltare suoni acuti e penetranti, gravi, cavernosi, cristallini, simili a un cinguettio, il fluire dell'acqua o il soffio del vento. La strumentazione serve solo ad arrichire e dare risalto alle emissioni vocali del gruppo.

Sito internet di Huun-Huur-Tu http://www.huunhuurtu.com/

 

Repubblica di Tuva

 

 

Il gruppo:
 
 
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg
voice, igil, doshpuluur
Andrey Mongush
voice, byzaanchi, khomuz, amarga
Sayan Bapa
voice, doshpuluur, marinhuur, guitar
Alexei Saryglar
voice, tungur (drum), dazhaaning khavy (rattle)

 

 

 
 
 
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg
 
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg
 

An extremely talented, self-taught overtone singer, Khovalyg worked as a shepherd until the age of 21, when he was invited to join the Tuvan State Ensemble. He settled in Kyzyl and started teaching throat singing and igil. A co-founder of Huun-Huur-Tu, he left the State Ensemble in 1993 to devote his attention to the newly formed quartet. He has performed and recorded with the Tuva Ensemble, Vershki da Koreshki, the World Groove Band and the Volkov Trio. Covering a range from tenor to bass, Khovalyg is particularly known for his unique rendition of the khmei and kargyraa singing styles. 

 
 
 
 
Sayan Bapa
 
Sayan Bapa
 

Sayan Bapa, child of a Tuvan father and Russian mother, grew up in the industrial town Ak-Dovurak. He received his musical training in Kislovodsk, Northern Caucasus, where he played fretless bass in a Russian jazz-rock band for several years. In the early 1990s he returned to Tuva to study his roots, and became a member of a folk-rock band, performing traditional Tuvan music on electric instruments. A co-founder of Huun-Huur-Tu, Bapa is a versatile string instrumentalist, and performs on the doshpuluur, igil and acoustic guitar. As a vocalist he is currently specializing in the kargyraa style.

 
 
 
 
Andrey Mongush
 
Andrey Mongush
 

Andrey Mongush was first introduced to throat singing at the age of 13 while helping his grandparents herd their animals.  Although he attended college and earned a degree in agriculture in 1991, he won numerous singing contests at the same time.  Mongush decided to continue singing, specifically studying Tuvan indigenous instruments and throat singing.  He graduated in 1997 with a degree specializing in the teaching of Khmei and the use of Tuvan instruments.  After receiving national recognition for his work with middle school children he was asked to join Huun Huur Tu in May of 2003.

 
 
 
 
Alexey Saryglar
 
Alexei Saryglar
 

Alexei Saryglar joined the ensemble in 1995 to replace Alexander Bapa. He completed his musical training in Ulan Ude as a percussionist for classical and popular music, and became a member of the large Russian state ensemble 'Siberian Souvenir'. A multi-talented performer, Saryglar makes his mark as a sygyt singer, and his expertise with traditional Tuvan percussion and string instruments naturally extends into the art of piano playing. Like the other members of the ensemble, he resides in Kyzyl when not on tour.
 

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